Toyota Will Bring it’s First Hybrid Powertrain Production to the United States

September 27th, 2017 by

That’s right… it’s electric! (Boogie Woogie, Woogie) Toyota has remained the top manufacturer of hybrid vehicles worldwide, with a whopping $373.8 million investment within five U.S. manufacturing plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM).

The investment is also implementing Toyota’s New Global Architecture at its Alabama plant, both said to be in operation by 2020 (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM). Toyota also remains the world leader in gas-electric hybrids, with an outstanding 3 million sales in the United States and 10 million globally (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM).

The investments will include new production of hybrid transaxles at the West Virginia manufacturing facility; expanding 2.5-liter engine capacity at the Kentucky plant; increase production of 2.5-liter cylinder heads at the Missouri plant; and modify the Tennessee plant to accommodate production of hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-liter engine blocks (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM). Also, the Alabama plant will undergo an upgrade to build engines that complement TNGA (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM).

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, says the investments are part of Toyota’s long-term commitment to build more vehicles and components in the markets they sell in (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM). Toyota plans to better serve its customers and dealers, and will position manufacturing operations to fulfill their needs well into the future (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM).

The Highlander Hybrid being manufactured in Princeton, Indiana will use the 2.5-liter engines that are manufactured in Kentucky and the transaxles being made in West Virginia. With these investments, 50 new jobs will be created at the Alabama plant. These investments will also ensure the stability of the plant’s employment levels in the future (Toyota – USA NEWSROOM).

The grand total investment of $373.8 million will be distributed as: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY – $120,960,000; Bodine Aluminum Jackson, TN – $14,500,000; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, WV – $115,300,000; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, AL – $106,000,000; Bodine Aluminum Troy, MO – $17,050,000.

Toyota has a commitment to invest $10 billion in the United States, and these outstanding investments bring the company almost halfway to $4.1 billion.

References

Toyota – USA NEWSROOM. It’s Electric: Toyota to Bring First Hybrid Powertrain Production to U.S. September 27, 2017.